Julian Hines of Voice of Culture, performed along with We Win Institute African dance and drumming at the 2011 Juneteenth celebration at North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis.


Family spotlights: Juneteenth, Midsommar

  • June 8, 2013 - 2:22 PM


R&B singers Ginger Patterson and Kovan Baldwin headline this year’s Juneteenth festival. The event commemorates the days in mid-June 1865 when black Union troops spread the word to slaves in Texas that they were free. Other entertainers from musicians to dancers also will take the stage. Vendors will have items for sale, and community organizations will have information on a range of topics. (10 a.m. Sat. North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 N. Mississippi Court, Mpls. www.juneteenth


A not-to-be missed day of family activities includes making a flower head wreath and learning traditional songs and dancing. There’s also choral performance, food and the Midsommar flea market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. $4-$7. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-4907.


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